Year 1



Welcome to Year 1

In Year 1 there is Miss Drury, Mrs Sheldon- Price and Mrs Penchion

I am so excited to be joining Year 1 this year! We have an exciting year ahead planned with lots of opportunities for creativity and using our imaginations. In Year 1 we will embrace challenge and fuel our love of learning even further. We will praise each others achievements and learn and grow together throughout the year.


Our Curriculum in Year 1

At St. Mary’s we go above and beyond to ensure that the firm foundations of knowledge are put in place in order for our children to achieve their full potential actively, creatively and holistically.

We have built our curriculum so that it is sequential so that children’s learning can build both depth and breadth ; it is purposeful in order to make learning here meaningful for children living in Rothwell whilst being spiritual at all times in order to fit with our Catholic Ethos Statement.





Year One

Our latest news!

Please take a look at what we have been learning.

Year One Curriculum Newsletter
Autumn 1: Year 1- Autumn 1
Autumn 2:  Year 1- Autumn 2 Newsletter


We have been using our talk for writing skills this week to learn a set of  instructions on how to make a clay hedgehog. After writing our instructions we used them to create our own hedgehogs!

RE- Collective Worship

The children led a beautiful class worship focusing on Remembrance Day. We thought about the importance of remembering the soldiers who died to keep us safe and how we can be kind and care for others. At the end the children laid their poppies that they had made throughout the week.


To start our ‘Home Sweet Home’ topic Year one have started by identifying common features on maps. We discussed where we might find maps and why we use them. We talked about how maps can show small or large areas from room plans to world maps. We then worked together to create a plan of our own classroom.



Year One have been very busy again this week in Maths. They have been creating number sentences and representing them in different ways. Well done Year One!



This week we welcomed visitors into school to help teach us about music. We enjoyed watching a fantastic performance of Skylar’s Missing Note. It was a musical story all about a girl called Skylar and her piano. A note went missing from the piano but Skylar was still able to enjoy playing her piano and even found different ways to create music. After the performance we enjoyed a music workshop where we created our own music using our voices and learnt about pitch, tempo, dynamics and rhythm. What a wonderful morning!



To end our history topic ‘Ourselves and Families’ the children brought in their family tree projects to share with the class. We were blown away with the hard work that had gone into them. We enjoyed sharing our family trees and hearing about each others families.


Science- Signs of Autumn

Year One have enjoyed trying to find signs of Autumn this week!



We loved visiting our new library and having a read of our new wonderful books!


We have continued to use our number skills when ordering numbers in both numerals and words this week.


In Science,  we have been learning all about Seasonal Changes. We have really enjoyed using our art skills to represent the changes in trees across the four seasons.



We have really enjoyed learning our new class story ‘Peace at Last’. We enjoyed using story maps and talk for writing to help us learn the story. Year One were fantastic with their talk for writing skills and have used their actions to help them with their writing. Well done Year One!


RE- God’s Great Plan

In RE we have been talking about the world that God created for us. We enjoyed talking about our favourite things about God’s beautiful world. We each drew something that we loved about God’s world and added these to our cross.



Year 1 have had a very busy first week! They have been superstars in Maths and have been practicing their counting by putting objects into groups. Well done Year 1!











We really enjoyed listening to our new class story ‘Funnybones’. We worked in groups and used actions to perform some parts of the story. Fantastic Year 1!


Class of 2018/19

Sports Day May 2019

Sports Day May 2018 Sports Day May 2019


Our topic this term is safari! We have been learning about the culture and climate in Kenya in our topic lessons; wild animals in science; tribal African patterns and pots in art; and traditional Tinga tales in literacy.

In Year One, we have refurbished our reading area! The children decorated butterflies, chose their favourite books to write on parcel tags and we sorted through our class books. We can now use the area as a wonderful, calm treat for children!


We recently held our Year One class assembly, celebrating Mary in the month of May. We talked about Mary’s love and care for her son, Jesus, and the children related this to their own mummies!

This half term, Year One have been enjoying weekly visits from Miko, the therapy dog! She loves to listen to children read.


Spring 2:

Everyone in Year One enjoyed getting dressed up for World Book Day this year! We focused our costumes and learning on our class topic, Space! Our classroom was transformed and we even had a giant Solar System model! We wrote space poetry, which we performed in a class recital.


Autumn 2: At the end of last half term and the beginning of this one, we have been exploring numbers to 10! Here is some of the super group work we did when finding number bonds to 10 in different ways!










Information about Planning

Long Term Plan – Year 1- skills and knowledge

Autumn 1:

Medium term plan – Medium Term Plan- Year 1

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Autumn 2:

Medium term plan – Medium Term Plan- Autumn 2- Year One

RE planning –Year 1 RE Planning- Mary Mother of God

Spring 1:

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Helping at Home

Following our Maths information evening for parents, we have shared some useful documents to see how Maths is taught in school. The most effective way for you to help would be to practice the ‘progression in number facts’ and times tables.

Parents’ Information Evening Nov 18

Progression in number facts

Rothwell St Mary’s Calculation Policy

Websites to access at home to help with your child’s learning:

Here is a useful video to help with the correct articulation of phonemes:


Your child will receive weekly spellings to practice at home. Our weekly spelling tests will be on a Monday. Each week new spellings will be sent out to practice for the following week.

Your child may receive a task to do related to the book they are currently reading. The task will usually link to something we are learning in class that week. Please encourage your child to do the writing.

Each half term your child will receive a project to complete related to the topic we are learning about in class. Please can your child bring these in to school during the last week before half term so that we can share our amazing work with the rest of the class!

Thank you for your support with this.